When did I say the VFL history is superior? Actually when did the op say as much?What makes the history of the VFL so superior to that of the SANFL, WAFL, TFL or any other non Victorian league pre AFL?
The claim is a load of horse s**t
Umm you're not taking into account actual footy state populations, outnumber wa, sa, tas and nt combined by more than one million. The majority of the footy market IS in vic.Youre right on one point it is mostly Vic Clubs
But you are wrong on the fact 75% of australias population lives outside Victoria and the AFL want a big slice of that population for it to pay the hungry mouths it has
Not that it's too hard, it's just the bulk of the market for footy is in Vic hence the way it is. Got nothing to do with "too hard"Yep, too hard let’s not even bother.
You see this is the kind of thinking that builds empires and progresses humanity.
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It’s always been the case.Not that it's too hard, it's just the bulk of the market for footy is in Vic hence the way it is. Got nothing to do with "too hard"
Exactly..To be fair, I should mention all the big name Victorian players who chased the big money and fame in S.A and W.A before the AFL expansion.
The ‘money’ you mentioned is what it’s always been about. Way back to the early 1900s.This is one of the better main board fishing attempts. Just enough arrogance to pass as one of the very few Victorian fans with limited understanding of history. Most Victorian supporters recognise the contribution interstate players made to the Victorian state competition prior to national expansion. For many of the interstate players it wasn’t about playing in the ‘premier’ competition in the 1970s - 1990s, it was about the money that was on offer.
From the club I support, I recognise the great work Craig Bradley, Greg Anderson, Mark Williams, Gavin Wanganeen and Martin Leslie did in the VFL to name but a few.
Through those players I was exposed to VFL greats like Dermott Bremerton, Gary Ablett Snr, Greg Williams and others.
Tell me what you think of Stephen Micheal?
ps. Matthews elbow to the head of Cable is a fair indication that Matthews knew Cable was the better player and had limited avenues to beat him...
Not in footy terms it isn’t.Ironically the modern game is being destroyed by the vAFL administration partly as it also has the same ignorance about interstaters as the OP. Austraia is a big place and 99% of it exists outside the Melbourne CBD.
Clinging onto achievements that occurred before you were born as a source of pride is ridiculous.
Everything you have written here is a giant, steaming pile of dog turd rubbish.re: VFL saved us all vs we all saved the VFL argument.
Oh boy, where to start. Ok, number one, try to be objective as possible, two, realise people can read the same source material and come up with different conclusions.
Something that needs to be recognised, as it was back at the very dawn of people thinking of a national comp, Aussie Rules needed more money to operate and therefore needed to go professional, that was the case for all the big leagues back then.
I'm unsure about the state of the SANFL at the time, but the VFL and the WAFL would not have survived in the same form as they were. Something else would have sprung up in their places, no idea what tbh.
I know that the SANFL were coming up with things like player retention packages/schemes etc and were resistant to joining the VFL....until Port came along and threw the cat among the pigeons....rightly or wrongly, lets not get into that here.
As far as I know, the WAFL was in dire straights, crowd numbers were going down, players were being drained from the system to the VFL, who had clubs doing this that couldn't afford it, worse was the fact that clubs in the WAFL were relying on this as a source of income. Hence the VFL having some kind of collapse would have a knock on effect to the WAFL.
So it's a case of a large chunk of the VFL bankrupting itself to keep up and threatening to stuff up both competitions financially.
Throw into this John 'Pigs arse!' Elliot sniffing around certain clubs (Claremont being one) about starting a new national comp, possibly a proto super league situation.
Also, the VFL refusing to come to the party in setting up any kind of NFL, or keeping it running/relevant. Can't argue with population and market share unfortunately.
This is a very rough look at the situation as it was at the dawn of the AFL becoming a thing.
Claiming it was all one way or the other is basically a nonesense.
I think this is the reason they don't appreciate the Grand Final being at the MCG too! Disrespectful!
[/QUOTE Most West Aussies disagree with your statement. We believe there is only one place for the GF and that is at the G. The Dockers and Eagles training grounds along with Optus are the same configurations as the MCG. Stop believing what the press are saying.